Harvest time at Yquem – 2013 promises to be a good year for the Sweets

Harvest time at Yquem. 2013 promises to be a good year not like 2012 which they classified 100%. Grape bunches are coming in botrytised rather than just Berry by Berry. Sweet wine harvest started 26 September and will normally continue for some weeks normally round en October (depending on the weather). The grapes are picked … Continue reading Harvest time at Yquem – 2013 promises to be a good year for the Sweets

No 2012 Yquem! announces director Pierre Lurton reports AFP

standing to lose 25 million euro but can afford it being owned by the groupe LVMH. What about the smaller producers who cannot afford to foresake a vintage? Harvesting late they got the worst of the rainy weather. AFP article below. Visited Sauternes at the beginning of November and took these photos at Yquem. 15 … Continue reading No 2012 Yquem! announces director Pierre Lurton reports AFP

Sauternes 2012; still hanging in there

With the delay of the onset of botrytis, which did not arrive until mid October at the same time as the wet autumnal weather inevitably, many smaller producers produced non-botrytised sweet generic Sauternes and dry wines this year. When the botrytis finally arrived its development has often been stopped by many rain showers which also encouraged the … Continue reading Sauternes 2012; still hanging in there

Parker agrees with Lady Penelope

This en primeur game is quite a laugh- thunderbirds! Parker was  not too complimentary about the 2007 vintage but said it was better than what he expected and only awarded 100 points to two wines, both white and both my favorites agreeing that the whites were the overall winers this year; Haut Brion Blanc and Pape-Clement … Continue reading Parker agrees with Lady Penelope

2007 Chateau d’Yquem; rich and exotic and made by a woman winemaker

Welcomed by Sandrine Garbay, the woman cellar master at First Growth Superieur Sauternes for the past 10 years. Tasted the 2007 en primeur (started selling en primeur with the arrival of Pierre Lurton also in charge at top growth St Emilion property Cheval Blanc). The most amazing thing about Yquem is the severe selection that … Continue reading 2007 Chateau d’Yquem; rich and exotic and made by a woman winemaker

Jean-Philippe Delmas; the third generation at Chateau Haut Brion

I remember that Haut Brion, Bollinger and Yquem were served at Berry Bros. & Rudd's 300th Anniversary Dinner in 1998, presented by (in same order) HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Ghislain de Montgolfier and the Comtes Alexandre de Lur Saluces. I think it was at the Ritz Hotel just around the corner from, where I worked at the time at … Continue reading Jean-Philippe Delmas; the third generation at Chateau Haut Brion